Are you frustrated with having extra fat deposits or loose, sagging skin along your mid-section? Or, are you constantly working out and eating right trying to tone and tighten your abdomen and still not seeing the results you want? Unfortunately, the muscles in your mid-section are very tough muscles to tone and sculpt. And once your muscles or skin have been stretched by pregnancy or weight gain, they may never tighten up on their own. Achieving the results you want may not be possible through diet and exercise alone–that’s where a tummy tuck procedure can help you.
A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that deals with improving the contour of you abdominal wall. There are three main tissue layers in the abdominal wall (skin, fat and muscle). Depending on your individual condition, the surgeon removes excess fat and skin around your mid-section and pulls the abdominal muscles together to form a tighter, trimmer appearance. However, some patients don’t need all three tissue layers treated (for example, a thin person with good muscle tone and only stretched skin), and for them a less extensive “mini tuck” will suffice. A tummy tuck is ideal for both women who have experienced sagging skin post-pregnancy or for individuals (both men and women) who have lost a significant amount of weight.
During your initial consultation, you may feel nervous, but rest assured that Dr. Richard Schwartz will listen to your concerns carefully and put you at ease. It’s important that you Choose a Surgeon You Can Trust and one that can help you achieve the results you are looking for. When you meet with a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Richard Schwartz, you should point out specific areas of concern and mention if you have recently lost a significant amount of weight or if you are unhappy with your midsection due to child birth.
Your plastic surgeon will also ask you a few questions about your health and family history. It’s imperative that you are as open and honest as you can be. This can help your surgeon tailor a tummy tuck procedure designed to give you the best possible results, with your safety in mind. Dr. Richard Schwartz utilizes his experience and artistic sense to plan an operation that helps you achieve your goals.
Before you undergo a tummy tuck, Dr. Richard Schwartz will mark the problem areas of your trunk and will also take some “before” pictures to document your condition. Generally speaking, you will then be placed under a general anesthesia, although a mini tuck can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation. The operation can last from two to four hours, with the length of surgery depending on your individual goals and the amount of work required. Through an incision placed low across your abdomen so the scar rests within a bikini or panty line, Dr. Schwartz will sculpt fat, trim away stretched skin, and tighten muscles in order to create a firmer, smoother silhouette for you. Often liposuction, is utilized to contour the body even further in order to achieve best results. Since an abdominoplasty is usually performed as outpatient surgery, you will return home that same day, wearing an abdominal binder for support. It is important to avoid strenuous activity or straining your abdominal muscles for three to six weeks (depending on the extent of surgery) to allow complete healing.
Dr. Richard Schwartz has been practicing plastic surgery in West Palm Beach, FL for over 25 years. To check out some of his tummy tuck results, please visit our before and after photo gallery page.
Whether you have recently lost a tremendous amount of weight or you’re looking to get back to your pre-pregnancy appearance, Dr. Richard Schwartz is the surgeon to trust. As a board certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Richard Schwartz is renowned for his surgical artistry and natural appearing results. We encourage you to visit our Meet Dr. Schwartz page to learn more about Dr. Richard Schwartz’ background.
For more information on a tummy tuck procedure, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz, please call 561-232-3120 or request a consultation online.